The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on December 26, 2013 will bring about significant changes to the way the Death Master File (DMF) is accessed by users. Under Section 203, “Restriction on Access to the Death Master File,” the Secretary of Commerce is tasked with establishing a fee-based certification […]

The Florida Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism unanimously supported the Keep I.D. Safe (KIDS) Act this Monday, a bill designed to help reduce child identity theft in the state. Florida is a known hotspot for identity theft and fraud. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compiles and analyzes complaints submitted to the FTC, the Internet Crime Complaint […]

Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Joe Barton will soon be reintroducing their Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill that would update the existing Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Hill reports. Senator Markey, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Rep. Barton, the co-char of the Congressional Bi-partisan Privacy […]

Steve Peace and Michael Thorsnes, sponsors of the California Personal Privacy Initiative, have given up on collecting the 807,615 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot. The proposed measure sought to amend the California Constitution in a number of ways: to create a presumption that any and all personally identifying information collected for a […]

Governor Brown signed a landmark bill this Monday giving minors the power to have content or information posted on the internet removed at their request. SB 568, introduced by State Senator Darrell Steinberg, has two main provisions directed at improving the protection and privacy of minors on the Internet. Sen. Darrell Steinberg told the Los Angeles […]

The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Tracking Protection Working Group (TPWG) has suffered a major blow as the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), a “consortium of the leading national advertising and marketing trade groups,” has declared they are withdrawing from the TPWG. In a letter addressed to W3C CEO, Jeff Jaffe, Lou Mastria, Managing Director of the DAA writes, “Despite extension […]

The open enrollment period for the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act begins October 1, 2013. Americans will have until January 1, 2014 to come into compliance with the new law by purchasing health insurance coverage resulting in a surge of people looking to purchase health insurance from these health insurance […]

Privacy concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program has prompted thirteen State attorneys general to write a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting answers to their questions and concerns by August 28, 2013.  “Navigators” are entities that will receive grants to carry out duties including: Conducting public education activities to […]

The IRS has been dealing with an epidemic of tax fraud and identity theft. An audit report prepared by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) estimated that 940,000 tax returns involved identity theft in 2011. The same audit report estimates that in addition to those, another 1.5 million fraudulent tax returns may have […]

Ohio State Attorney General, Mike DeWine, has announced the creation of an Identity Theft Unit to help victims repair their credit and other problems. As a part of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section, the Identity Theft Unit will offer two different ways for victims to receive assistance in resolving their issues. The first, called […]